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Autumn 2019 Newsletter

Being fully human - the miracle of hands

As the days shorten and leaves fall, nature gives us a new invitation to notice, to observe, to be present.  Here at Taruna the long views of the mountains to the west and the sea to the north are reappearing day-by-day.  The cloak of leaves is gradually being pared back and we find ourselves again taking the long view and finding new insights.  We notice how calming, reassuring and beautiful that can be.

One of the central themes our learning programmes pose is 'What is it to be fully human?'.  One answer we can find in the miracle of our hands.  Hands with their flexibility, their nimble fingers and thumbs and their central resting palm are that five-pointed expression of the true human being.  They offer us endless possibilities for being creative that we may contribute to others and the world.  It is from hands that we can know healing forces, through touch we can receive blessing, and when we rest our hands quietly together those active forces that so willingly serve the world, can turn quietly to become a calm inner strength.   

Even our language expresses the wonder of hands: we handle a problem, we grapple with a new idea, we grasp new understanding, we touch into a new subject, we hold ourselves back.  

Our hands then are tools of the human spirit - through the choice, possibility and creativity they allow we are freely enabled to be fully human.

In honour of the hand, here at Taruna in June we are offering 'Winter Craft Warmers' - Saturday workshops with master craftspeople who will enable you to find new ways to express your creativity and find new inner warmth. We hope you take up the opportunity.

With warm greetings

Lauren, Deb and Rosie
Leadership Council

Dear God,

Let us prepare for winter.  The sun has turned away from us and the nest of summer hangs broken in a tree.  Life slips through our fingers and, as darkness gathers, our hands grow cold.  It is time to go inside.  It is time for reflections and
resonance.  It is time for contemplation. Let us go inside.

Winter Craft Warmers
Come and enjoy a day of creativity for yourself or maybe this is the perfect gift for someone special in your life.  These are workshops too good to be missed.
Wednesday Art Class
Our Wednesday art classes continue to provide a creative opportunity to breathe your week and experience the wonders of colour and form as we learn and practice artistic technique, and enjoy nature's seasonal bounty.  
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Art of Well-Being
In early May we welcomed students to the first seminar of the Art of Well-Being.  Our theme 'Staying Upright, Keeping Heart' explores ways fo finding soul nourishment as a source of renewed strength for everyday life.  This seminar our motif was the Lemniscate, a form that weaves between expansion and contraction, between outer and inner with its central crossing point of consciousness.  The days we shared were full of inner and outer sunshine, and we are all looking forward to the journey continuing when we come together again in August for Seminar Two.
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Anthroposophic Nursing

We are very excited to launch this course with the support of the Anthroposophic Nurses Association in New Zealand, with the 
Introductory module booked for the 4-6 August 2019. This part-time education process over two years aligns with the criteria developed by the International Forum for Anthroposophic Nursing (IFAN) for foundation courses in anthroposophic nursing and will prepare nurses to work with external treatments including working with the parts of the Rhythmical Einreibung (Rhythmical Body Oiling).

The structure will involve two 3-day and two 5-day seminars on site as well as attendance at the Kolisko 2020 conference. A final weekend in August 2021 will integrate assessment, peer review and community-building with the wider anthroposophic nursing community. It is expected that 5 hours of self-directed learning is completed each week throughout the course to meet learning and assessment requirements. 

This is a long-awaited opportunity to become an anthroposophic nurse in the southern hemisphere with a programme oriented to the contemporary Australasian health environment. Many nurses are looking for how to approach their work in a more holistic way. This will offer an orientation and form for that. There will not be the opportunity to join the programme beyond the introductory module in August so please indicate your interest asap.

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Certificate in Rudolf Steiner Education
Discover the true heart and art of teaching while undertaking a rich and exciting journey of personal and professional development. The certificate is an introductory course to Rudolf Steiner Waldorf education. This part-time year long programme gives a broad overview of the many-faceted dimensions of Waldorf pedagogy, curriculum and culture.  In July Seminar Two of the CRSE begins.  Already we have many enrolments from teachers, parents and those who recognise the importance of childhood. If you are interested to find out more please use the button below.
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